Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification program at Sam Houston State University is a professional
certification program designed to prepare students for careers as school district superintendents
in Texas. The program utilizes study of factual knowledge and theory, as well as internship field
experiences, to develop student knowledge and skills.

Candidates seeking admission to the graduate programs in Superintendent Certification must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Admissions specified in the Admission section of this catalog. Please contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling for additional requirements: Box 2119, Huntsville, Texas 77341 or by phone (936) 294-1147 or sborg@shsu.edu. Course Prerequisites are strictly observed.

Admissions requirements:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Apply to the Superintendent Preparation Program if seeking Texas Superintendent certification (Instructions)
  4. Pay the $55 Texas Education Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs Fee (paid to the TEA as required by TAC 229.9.7) if seeking Texas Superintendent certification
  5. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  6. Official transcript from the master's degree granting institution
  7. Copy of SBEC issued standard Principal or Mid-Management certificate
  8. One Reference Form from current or previous supervisor in a school or agency where the applicant has been employed
  9. Teacher Service Record from your school district's HR Department for each year of classroom service 

Submit all applications materials to Graduate Admissions (graduate@shsu.edu). Electronic transcripts are accepted as official if sent to graduate@shsu.edu directly from your university or institution.

Please note that applicants selected after initial screening will be invited for an interview.

Superintendent Certification
Specified Courses
EDAD 6380Exec Ldrshp- Superintendents3
EDAD 6381Dist Business & Financial Mgt3
EDAD 6382Human Resource Management3
EDAD 6383Practicm For Superintendents I3
EDAD 5088Special Topics in Educ Admin (Learner Centered Leadership (Cert Only))3
Total Hours15